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Over nine million passengers expected to take the train over May Bank Holiday

The vast majority of the nine million passengers expected to travel by rail over the bank holiday weekend (5 – 7 May) will be unaffected by improvement work, with fewer replacement buses and more trains planned to run this year compared to the same period last year.

Joint industry figures from the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) and Network Rail show that:

- Around 17% fewer replacement buses will be used this bank holiday compared with the same period last year.
- Around 4% more trains will run across the network this May Bank Holiday compared to last year.
- The rail industry has cut its use of rail replacement buses by a third over the last three years.

Network Rail engineers will be working round the clock to lay new track, improve stations and repair bridges to help deliver a better railway for passengers.

On routes that will be affected by vital improvement work, train companies will make passengers aware of any planned service disruption. Posters, leaflets, station announcements and Twitter alerts, as well as information on nationalrail.co.uk/holidays, will help people to plan their journey.

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